Awake, Children of Light


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Be followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has died for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling scent. And don’t let any sexual sin, or any evil thing, or greed, be named among you, as Christians shouldn’t live this way; nor immorality, nor stupid talking, nor joking around, which aren’t right to do; but instead give thanks. You should know that no sexually immoral or evil person, nor a selfish person, or someone who worships falsely, has any part in the realm of Yeshua the Christ and of Yahweh God. Don’t let anyone mislead you with meaningless words, for because of this, the rage of God is on those who refuse to be under God’s control. So don’t take part in it along with them. You once lived in darkness, but now you live in the light of God; so walk as children of light, because the fruit of the Spirit lives in everything right, and good, and true; and proves what is acceptable to God.

So don’t have anything to do with the meaningless actions of darkness, but instead expose them for what they are. It’s a shame even to speak of what’s done by them in secret, but everything that is disapproved of is made clear when it’s brought to light and whatever makes it clear is light. This is why God said, “Awake, you who are sleeping, come to life from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” See then, that you walk carefully, not as thoughtless people do, but as wise ones, using your time wisely, because the days are evil. So don’t be unwise, but understand what God wants you to do. And don’t be getting drunk on alcohol, which is excessive; but be filled with the Spirit. Speak to yourselves in sayings and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to God. Always give thanks to the God we are from for everything in the Name of our Christ Yeshua; accepting one another out of respect for God. (Eph.5:1-21)

Don’t be misled: evil people make good people do bad things. Awake and be good, and don’t sin, because some of you don’t really know God. I say this to your shame. (I Cor. 15: 33-34)

Owe no one anything, but to love one another, because whoever loves another has done what the Word of God says to do. Because of this, “You shouldn’t act in sexual sin, You shouldn’t kill, You shouldn’t steal, You shouldn’t lie about someone, You shouldn’t want what others have;” and if there’s any other word, it’s briefly understood in this saying, namely, “You should love others as yourself.” Love does nothing wrong to another, so love does what the Word of God says to do. And do that, knowing the time, that now it’s high time to awake from sleep, because now we’re closer to being saved than we ever thought. The night is almost over, and the day is near, so let’s put off what we’ve done in darkness, and let’s put on the covering of light. Let’s walk honestly, as in the day; not in fighting and drunkenness, not acting in sexual sin and shamelessness, not in arguing and jealousy. But put on the likeness of Yeshua the Christ, and don’t satisfy the wants of the body. (Rom 13:8-14)

Then Yeshua spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me won’t walk in darkness, but will have light for the way of life.” (John 8:12)

Then Yeshua said to the Jews who believed, “If you stay in My Word, then you are My true followers; and you’ll know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

Then Yeshua said, “Whoever believes on Me, doesn’t believe on Me only, but on the One who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I am come like a light into the world, so that whoever believes on Me wouldn’t live in darkness. And if anyone hears My Words, and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge them because I didn’t come to judge the world, but to save the world. Yet, whoever rejects Me, and doesn’t accept My Words, will be judged by the Word that I’ve spoken, which will judge them in the last day; because I haven’t spoken of Myself; but of the God who sent Me, who gave Me a Word, what I would say, and what I would speak. And I know that God’s Word is everlasting life, so whatever I speak, I say just as God told Me.”  (John 12:46-50)

And just as Moses lifted up the snake in the countryside, I must also be lifted up, so that whoever believes in Me will have everlasting life and not be destroyed. God, who loved the world so much, gave us the only One Born of God, that whoever believes in the Christ would have everlasting life and not be destroyed. God didn’t send the Christ into the world to judge the world; but that the world might be saved through belief in the Christ. Whoever believes on the Christ isn’t damned: but whoever doesn’t believe is already damned, because they haven’t believed in the Name of the only One Born of God. And this is why they’re damned in judgment; the light has come into the world, but humanity loved darkness instead of light, because their actions were evil. Because everyone that does evil things hates the light, and won’t come into the light, or their actions would be discovered. But whoever does what is true comes into the light, so that it is clear to all that their actions have been done in God.” (John 3:14-21)

Because of this, we also, since the day we heard it, don’t stop praying for you, and wanting you to be filled with the knowledge of what Christ wants with wisdom and spiritual understanding.  We hope that you might please God, growing in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all strength, for the amazing power of Christ, in patience and suffering, with joyfulness; giving thanks to God, Who has made us right in order for us to take part of the inheritance of the Christians in light: Who has taken us from the power of darkness, and has brought us into the realm of God’s Own Loved Child. We’ve been bought through Christ’s blood to save us from our sins; Who is the living example of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. By Christ everything was created, that is in heaven and earth, both visible and invisible, whether it’s thrones, or areas of control, or spiritual realms, or powers. Everything was created by Christ, and for Christ: And Christ was before everything, and by the power of Christ everything exists.

And Christ is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first to be raised from the dead; in order to have the most important place in everything. It pleased God that all of the Godhead would be in the Christ; And having made peace through the blood of the cross, by Christ, to bring everything back to God by Christ, I say, whether it’s things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, who were at odds at one time and enemies in your minds by the evil that you’ve done, still now Christ has bought back: In the flesh of Christ’s body through death, to set you apart without blame, being unconvictable in God’s sight: If you stay in the faith, being well grounded and settled, and don’t move away from the hope of the New Word, which you’ve heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven. I… am made a minister and now gladly accept my sufferings for you, taking on the troubles of Christ in my body for the body’s’ sake, which is the church. I am a minister of the church for the privilege of God, who is given to me for you, to fulfill the Word of God; Even the secret which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made known to the Christians. God wants to make known the wealth of the victory of this secret among the other peoples; which is Christ in you, the hope of victory: Whom we preach, warning everyone, and teaching everyone in all wisdom; so that we can present each one complete in Christ Yeshua. This is why I also work, striving for the work of God, which works greatly in me. (Col 1:9-29)

We Don’t Give Up

So seeing that we’ve been given this ministry by the mercy of Christ, we don’t give up; But we’ve given up the secret ways of dishonesty, not being tricky, nor handling the Word of God falsely; but by clearly stating the truth entrusting ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our New Word is covered, only those who are lost can’t see it: The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, unless the light of the amazing New Word of Christ, who is the picture of God, shines on them. And we don’t preach about ourselves, but Yeshua the Christ as being God; and ourselves your workers for Yeshua’s sake. And God, who told the light to shine out of the darkness, has shined in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the victory of God in the face of Yeshua the Christ. But this wealth of knowledge is kept in human beings, so that others can know that this great power is of God, and not us. And though we’re troubled from all sides, still we’re not greatly upset; We’re confused, but not hopeless; Mistreated, but not left alone; pushed down, but not broken; We’re always suffering the death of Christ Yeshua in our human bodies, so that the life of Christ might also be known in our human bodies. And we who live are always giving ourselves up for dead for Yeshua’ sake, so that the life of Yeshua also might be known in our human bodies. So then death is working in us, so that life can work in you.

And having the same spirit of faith, just like the Word says, “I believed, and so I speak;” we also believe, and we speak; Knowing that Yahweh God, who brought back Christ Yeshua, will also raise us up by Yeshua, and will offer us, along with you. And everything is for your sakes, that the amazing grace, having come to many people, would let their thankfulness overflow in the praise of God. And so we don’t give up; but though our outward lives are destroyed, still the inward life is renewed each and every day. And our suffering, which lasts only a little while, gives us a victory that far outlasts anything we go through now; So we don’t look at the things which we see, but at the things which we don’t see, because the things which are seen are only temporary; but the things which aren’t seen will last forever. (II Cor. 4:1-18)

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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